The Cambay Sapphire Resort is an excellent place to use your timeshare exchange to discover the delights of Gujarat. All spacious rooms are air-conditioned and the contemporary design is both comfortable and modern. Tours can be arranged at the travel desk; the valet will park your hire car, if you have one; and there is a well-equipped business centre if you absolutely have to do a bit of work.
Otherwise, play billiards or table tennis; visit the state-of-the-art gym and a swimming pool if you love to exercise; or dance the night away at the disco. For those who prefer more sedate ways of passing the time, there’s a library, card room and computer games. You can get pampered at the beauty salon; do yoga and meditation; or treat yourself to a blissful Ayurvedic treatment at the lovely spa. And that’s all before you’ve even left the hotel!
Quite apart from anything else, Ahmedabad is a paradise for those who like spicy food. The cuisine of Ahmedabad is unique in that the spiciness is cut by a hint of sweetness. Cambay Sapphire’s Indus Restaurant serves an authentic range of traditional cuisines from the northern and coastal regions, as well as exotic Oriental dishes like Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Lebanese and various Continental delicacies. The Cambay Cafe coffee shop and bakery offers a more relaxed ambience and is an ideal place to relax before or after sightseeing.
This western-most state of India is renowned for its temples, but has a host of other attractions that will keep even the most discerning traveller happy. The Hathee Singh Temple, outside the Delhi Gate, is worked in pure white marble. It houses 52 shrines, each with an idol of a Jain Tirthankar.
The Sidi Bashir Mosque situated outside the Sarangpur Gate, has minarets, one of which when shaken, leads to the vibration in another. The mosque of Siddi Bashir holds the Jhulta Minara, or swaying minarets. The Mosque of Sidi Sayid, on the other hand, is renowned for its delicate stone tracery and patterns of the native banyan tree.
This is also the home of the Gandhi Ashram and is where the Mahatma started on his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British.The tomb of Ahmed Shah, with its perforated stone windows, stands just outside the east gate of the Jama Masjid. The Bhadra Fort and Teen Darwaza with its temple devoted to the Mother Goddess, Bhadrakal, plays host to some of Ahmedabad’s most important celebrations.
Adalaj Vav, with its five-storied step well, is one of the architectural marvels of Gandhinagar and a classic example of Indo-Islamic style of architecture as it has features of both the styles. Akshardham, the richest temple in the world, is built with pink stones and embellished by beautiful carvings. Surrounded by lush green gardens and fantastic fountains, it’s a definite must-see.
For those who like some greenery in their sightseeing, the circular Kankaria Lake that was constructed in AD 1451 by Sultan Qutub-ud-din is a wonderful playground where you’ll find Nagina Wadi, a lovely island garden, parks, an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo. The beautiful Sarita Udyan is an ideal spot for picnickers. The Deer Park serves as the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and the open gardens of the Children’s Park feature a mini train, and a lake along with boating facilities.
If you want to get away and spend some quality time in the serenity of nature, go to the lake sanctuary of Nal Sarovar. It is a natural haven for rare and exotic birds. 250 varieties of wetland birds, along with the winter and spring guests like pelicans, white storks, rosy flamingos, Brahminy ducks and herons abound on and next to the vast number of natural atolls.
No matter what you choose to do to fill up your time in Ahmedabad,the Cambay Sapphire Resort will help make your stay even more memorable. And tempt you to come again.